Jacob J. Walker's Blog

Scholarly Thoughts, Research, and Journalism for Informal Peer Review

Archive for February, 2014

Thought of the Day: “Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”

without comments

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jacob Walker

February 21st, 2014 at 11:59 am

Thought of the Day: Narrow Contextualization leads to Narrow Opinions, especially when Charts are Involved!

with one comment

I recently read a cross-post on my friend Ted Deppner’s Facebook (Ted is a long-time friend who I consider very intelligent, but we often disagree).  In his cross-post, he shares a chart from John Stossel (And, I should share that I have appreciated some of John Stossel’s reporting, such as his reporting on education in America, although that too was not necessarily completely “objective” reporting.) But, in the case of this chart, I think it clearly shows how one can “lie with statistics”, or maybe more accurately that statistics are often used to support the presentation of an idea, not to support the creation of an idea.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jacob Walker

February 20th, 2014 at 4:59 am

Thought of the Day: Am I part of the 99% or the 1%?

without comments

Chart of U.S. income inequality. The data come from this table: http://www.econ.berkeley.edu/~saez/TabFig2008.xls on Emmanuel Saez’s website at University of California, Berkeley.

The Occupy Wall Street movement says We are the 99%.  And it is clear the income inequality within the United States is staggering, and that we don’t generally recognize it, as this video clearly shows with clarity. With a median household income of $53,046, the “average” household in the U.S. has extremely less income than the top 1% of the U.S.  And I will disclose that the U.S. median household income is very close to my family’s household income.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jacob Walker

February 19th, 2014 at 11:56 am

Thought of the Day: Learning Curves, Development Time, and New Jobs

without comments

Graph of a Learning CurveFor  those who read my blog or Facebook, you probably noticed that I haven’t been posting very regularly for the past several weeks.  This is mostly due to my new job with Heald College Online, where colloquially I will say there has been a “steep learning curve”, or more appropriately a “steep development curve”.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jacob Walker

February 18th, 2014 at 11:59 am

Thought of the Day: The Computer Science Gap

with one comment

Draft California ICT Icon combining an On/Off symbol with a Wi-Fi symbolI just listened to an NPR story about the failure of the U.S. Educational system to prepare our nation for tomorrow’s jobs in Computer Science. This was NOT new news to me, but I’m glad to see it getting some national attention.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jacob Walker

February 17th, 2014 at 11:56 am